r311music
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I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:33 am

Well I got a call from Southwest today and I was given a training date of this Monday. I get to fly down to BWI and get badged on Friday or Monday. I'm so excited to get this job and start. The process took 5 long weeks haha. Well I'm off celebrating as this job will not only let me work in aviation, afford to flight train, and give me some extra money, but get my parents off my back about getting a full time job! (I've never seen my parents so happy for me except when I graduated HS)

I can't wait until I'm let loose on the ramp at BDL.
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KFLLCFII
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:41 am

Congrats 311! Getting that first aviation job has a great feeling!






PS - Nod your head to this!
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r311music
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:47 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 1):
PS - Nod your head to this!

Sweet another 311 fan! Can't wait for their new cd next month.
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:32 am

Quoting R311music (Reply 2):
Sweet another 311 fan! Can't wait for their new cd next month.

LOL you'd think that already having 9 albums in my collection would be enough...Hell no, bring it on!
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:33 am

Congrats on the job!
 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:46 am

Congrats-I cant wait for all the photos you'll upload to A.net!! lol

Have Fun!!!!!  bigthumbsup 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:54 am

Hey ~ congrats to you for landing a gig with the best company ~  champagne 



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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:55 am

Welcome aboard, you'll love it...  Wink
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FLAIRPORT
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:59 am

Hey man, still wondering when my ramp tour will be  Wink I fly in on song Aug 23 hint hint... Wink

(inside joke, you'll get it.)

On a slightly unrerlated note...When will WN open up Thanksgiving...I'm getting very aggrivated! And now that an a.net member who is also a friend of a friend of mine got a job at my new home airport with WN, I feel like I should give them some support!
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:22 am

Quoting FLAIRPORT (Reply 8):
When will WN open up Thanksgiving


The next round – most likely within the next two weeks. I’ve been equally as aggravated – if not more so – with AA’s schedule changes (although they like to blame it on FAA). I’m talking miscons, going from a PM only to AM only service, vice versa, equipment swaps, etc, the works. I eventually learned to avoid AA or anticipate problems with them – or at least avoid booking 330 days in advance.


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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:37 pm

Congratulations. I know the feeling very well. I was so happy, and so relieved when I finally got the call and was officially offered the job. It's a great feeling!

I'd like to give you just a few pointers that I think every newbie should hear from their trainers but don't. A lot of new guys learn the hard way, usually by unknowingly pissing off the veteran rampers. The impression you make on the other rampers will be huge in determining what kind of trainee and worker you will be labelled as. Just some friendly advice that might not make a whole lot of sense at the moment, but will become clear shortly after you begin training...
-Don't get caught lounging around the breakroom.
-Stay busy, help out even if you are waved off.
-When a plane pulls in and the turn begins, do not rush straight to the bin. There will be carts that need to be set up and there is nothing more frustrating than having to do it all by yourself while the other guy (often a newbie) is just chillin in the bin waiting for you to start sending them up....a common pet peve out there.
-Expect some not to pay you much attention. You will have to earn their respect. Use common sense. Show them you are a hard worker and help out whenever you can. You may not see it directly, but I guarantee you you will constantly be under intense scrutiny. I didn't really see this until I was off probation and saw newhires go through probation.
-There are some courtesies that I wasn't flat out told about, but learned kinda the hard way...after you load the bags, stop, and drop the belt. (This will be more clear later on.  Wink )

Anyway, I'm trying to help here. Sorry if this is kinda overwhelming and kinda out of place at this point, but seriously keep some of this in the back of your mind while you go through your training and your 6 month probation. I see a lot of new guys learning some of these the hard way.

Good luck man, and again, congratulations! BDL huh? If you meet a Dana there, tell her Ryan from (well...formerly from) SJC says hi.  Smile
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xpfg
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:02 pm

Question for you guys...

From submission of application, how long has it taken some of you to get a call?

Is all training done at "hub" type airports? As in, if I get the job at SJC, do I do training at LAX?

Thanks for any info!
 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:20 pm

Congrats.
The first Job in Aviation is something to look fwd to  bigthumbsup 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:30 pm

Quoting Xpfg (Reply 11):
Question for you guys...

From submission of application, how long has it taken some of you to get a call?

Is all training done at "hub" type airports? As in, if I get the job at SJC, do I do training at LAX?

Thanks for any info!

It varies. It took my 5 weeks from the time I attended the group "interview" til the time I got the call. A guy that got hired with me was all ready to go (background check etc) and in the pool for about a year before he got the call. So it really depends.

Training goes like this (for all stations). First few weeks are on-the-job training with a trainer assigned to each new-hire. Then you go to Dallas for 9 days of official classroom training. So if you were hired at SJC, you would have 3 days of class training (hazmat, station-specific emergency training etc) at SJC, then 2-4 weeks of on-the-job training at SJC with your trainer, and then you would fly out to Dallas for 9 days of training.
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:06 pm

If anyone sends you a mission to borrow a "bin stretcher" from another
airline, ignore them.
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r311music
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:27 pm

Thanks for all tips Silver1SWA. Hopefully I don't piss off too many of my coworkers to start, as I've found having friends on the job makes things go smoother.

It also took 5 weeks from the day I interviewed until I was called. The last two weeks were the worst haha, but it's all worth it in the end.
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:42 pm

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 13):
Training goes like this (for all stations).

Unless you get hired at MDW and then they ship you off to BNA to get trained because there's way too many new folks to have in one place up in Chicago.

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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:49 pm

Congratulations. I would love to work for WN as well. Either as a F/A or a ramp agent. Unfortunatly STL isn't hiring...Maybe I will wait until I am 20 or 21 for the F/A. Let us now how the first two weeks go!

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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:50 pm

Congratulations and Best Wishes.

Work hard, real hard every day and don't abuse your benefits. You will be rich after 20 years.
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:16 am

That's great news for you. Congratulations!
 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:02 am

I go tht ecall to, for MDW, but had to turn it down because I decided to go back to college this fall  Smile

But I didn't mind, I only applied for Southwest out oif desparation when the best airline in the world, ATA, downsized and I lost my ramp job there  Smile
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:19 am

I've been trying to get on at WN, did the interviews, backgrounds, fingerprints, job offer. Then the position I was going to get got filled. A transfer from another city.
 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:16 am

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 14):
If anyone sends you a mission to borrow a "bin stretcher" from another
airline, ignore them

Aaah yes. I remember as a kid in the Boy Scouts, spending half a day at camp asking other troops if they had a left-handed smoke shifter.  dopey 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:20 am

Well done!!!!

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r311music
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:38 am

Update: I leave tomorrow for BWI and officially begin training Monday morning. My flight leaves BDL at 6:45AM tomorrow morning. Yikes haha.

Thanks for all the replies everyone.
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:35 am

Quoting R311music (Reply 2):
Sweet another 311 fan!

I'm sure I'm the biggest 311 fan here.
 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 4:04 am

Congratulations on landing a job with a financial stable carrier R311music. Enjoy your job and the regular smell of Jet-A fuel .

Edit: Comment removed, because Wayfarer's post was removed.

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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:17 am

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 14):
f anyone sends you a mission to borrow a "bin stretcher" from another
airline, ignore them.

Also avoid the pilot that hands you a plastic bag and asks you to collect an "air sample!"
 Big grin

Congrats 311, and I echo Silver1's notes on how to make the best impression with your co-workers, just remember:

Be the first one on the ramp when you get the in-range call and the last to leave.
Always look for things that need to be done and do them!
During on-the-job training, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut!
Remember, while you're on probation someone is always watching you!

The 6 month probation period is there for 2 reasons:1. For you to assess the ramp agent's position and determine whether it is something you want to do for a long period of time and,
2. Whether, in the opinion of your Sups and co-workers you are a good fit for the ramp and for WN. So make the best of the opportunity that has been offered to you, good luck!
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:18 am

Quoting Continental (Reply 25):
I'm sure I'm the biggest 311 fan here.

You'd be surprised Big grin
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:20 am

Congratulations. Hope this leads to better things for you in the career of aviation.

Regards.
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Fri Jul 15, 2005 5:22 am

Welcome to the SW family R311. 311 Rocks LOL
 
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Sat Jul 16, 2005 9:06 am

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 14):
If anyone sends you a mission to borrow a "bin stretcher" from another
airline, ignore them.

Same joke here, but pretty sorry story.

Haha, I was at B6 talking to my friend and apparently one of the other new supervisors at my airline came over to B6 asking for where he could find the "Bin Spander" B6 asked me why my airline had hired this stupid supervisor. I was like, haha.

we just kept laughing at him as he kept going on and even went to a fueler to ask for it. I felt sorry for that guy.
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FlyingTexan
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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Sat Jul 16, 2005 9:15 am

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 10):
-Don't get caught lounging around the breakroom.

People I know at SWA use other, more creative places like the broom closet, while another airline uses the cargo hold.  Wink

Again, best!

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RE: I Got The Call! (SWA Ramp)

Sat Jul 16, 2005 9:21 am

Hey R311...I was going to fly your airline down to FLL for you, but the fares were messed up so I'm stuck singing that stupid song  Wink! Sorry, maybe Spring Break.
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